Yes, to work for Washington owner Daniel Snyder is to assume the risk of eventually being embroiled in litigation against him.
As it turns out, Snyder’s recent attempt to conduct discovery against former team president Bruce Allen in search of evidence regarding Snyder’s ongoing defamation lawsuit in India against meaww.com became the second legal entanglement between the two men. The first, according to Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com, came when Snyder tried to short Allen’s severance pay.
Paperwork filed by Allen regarding the effort to secure testimony and other evidence from Allen shows that Snyder tried to cut Allen’s pay by 50 percent following his termination. Allen alleged in the court filing that Snyder tried to use the pandemic as an opportunity to reduce the amount owed to Allen.
Allen filed an arbitration claim with the NFL. Although Allen’s filing potentially creates the impression that the league ruled in his favor (“This forced Mr. Allen to retain legal counsel and initiate a proceeding through the NFL to obtain his compensation, which he did.”), Snyder’s counsel says the case was settled.
“As Mr. Allen knows, there was no ruling by the league on this matter, but rather a confidential settlement was reached. It is unfortunate — but not surprising — that he has chosen to violate the confidentiality of that agreement through his filing,” Snyder’s lawyer, Jordan Siev, said in a statement.
Translation: If the arbitration was round one and the discovery action counts as round two, round three between Snyder and Allen could be coming, with Snyder potentially seeking damages for violation of the confidential settlement. Often, such agreements provide that the full amount of the settlement will be forfeited in the event of a breach.